Get to Know Your Pet With Five Simple QuestionsApr 06, 2022
Are you adding a new pet to your family? Is this your first time as a pet parent and you are not sure how to break the ice? Do you just crave a closer connection with your pet? These five simple questions will help you learn more about your pet as you boost your animal communication skills.
Getting to know your pet is not really so different from getting to know a new person in your life. It all starts with curiosity!
In your pet's world, curiosity is a love language that needs no translation. When you get curious, you notice more....and you notice more deeply. You tune in beyond the obvious to the subtle.
To use a very simple traffic light analogy, the red (stop) and green (go) lights are obvious. The yellow light is subtle. Should you slow down and wait? Go faster to get through?
Hmmmm. See? Curiosity.
The more curious you become, the more you notice and the more what you notice will turn into action. What kind of action? Action to improve your pet's daily life.
Your curiosity is what drives you to start to make changes to increase your pet's quality of life and enhance their enjoyment of their life.
Curiosity is also a great question-generator. You can play a game with your pet with just two simple words as a cue. "I wonder." I wonder what my pet's favorite food is? I wonder what my pet wants to do right now? I wonder how my pet feels about getting another pet?
I wonder. The more you wonder, the more your curiosity feeds your bond with your pet.
So let's take just five simple questions - five ways to get curious about your pet and just see what comes up.
Don't think too hard about the answers to each question. In fact, don't think at all if you can avoid it. Rather, notice. Simply notice. What comes up. What do you notice first as you ask each question? What scrolls across your mental screen or ripples through your feeling body?
Okay, with that in mind, let's get started. :-)
1. What is your pet's favorite color?
Thanks to science, we know a fair amount about how different animal species perceive and see color.
For example, dogs can't see the red, purple or orange color spectrum well. Most birds and reptiles can perceive ultraviolet light.
Some animals see well up close while others specialize in distance vision.
It can be interesting to do your own research to learn more about how your pet's species experiences their world visually.
But for this question, I invite you to set all that head knowledge aside and simply notice. If you had to guess, what color do you think your pet prefers over all the others?
You might even realize your pet seems to prefer a color they supposedly cannot see. If this is the case, what else in their environment might be influencing their reactions to that color?
2. What is your pet's favorite way to explore something new?
Animal communication offers a portal into a different way of experiencing life, the world, other beings. Instead of blindly following the heady/mental path of the human animal, animal communicators learn to take other paths - sensory paths - to receive, send and share information.
In this, our pets are great teachers!
Watch your own pet experience something new, something they have never encountered before. Whether it is a treat, a toy, a new item or object, a new person or home furnishing, how does your pet go about exploring the new thing?
Does your pet start with their mouth? Their nose? Their eyes? Their paws or claws?
For extra credit, give your pet's method a try!
3. What is your pet's favorite time of day?
As with question #1 here, science has given us quite a bit of interesting information about the time preferences of different animal species.
So here again, there are two ways to approach this question.
The first is to research the typical preferences of your pet's species. Crepuscular? Diurnal? Nocturnal? If your pet was living a wild life, when would they be awake and active versus tucked away snoozing?
The second is to actively observe your pet's daily routine. Consider as you do this how your own daily routine may be influencing when your pet is active or resting. Is your pet altering the natural rhythm of their species to make sure they spend as much waking time with you as possible?
This can be particularly interesting and eye-opening to contemplate.
4. What is your pet's favorite thing to eat?
Some pets and some pet species tend to be picky eaters. And then there are the ones that have never met a food they didn't want to gobble.
Which category does your pet fall into?
Even more intriguing - if you are eating something and not sharing, how does your pet react?
Does your pet come from a species that eats communally? If yes, how might this be influencing how your pet reacts at family mealtimes?
5. What is your pet's favorite way to receive love?
I adore this question because our animals are great givers are unconditional love. Their seemingly bottomless supply of the stuff and their willingness to heap it all on top of us is why we are so bereft when they die.
Unconditional love is the most powerful drug of all.
But how good are we at giving it back? How well do you meet your pet's need to be loved and nurtured in the way they most like to receive love?
As an animal communicator, it is my experience that most companion animals love to have these types of conversations and have a lot to say. They enjoy the opportunity to talk, to share their insights, wants and needs, make requests, offer wisdom and participate in interspecies dialogue.
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